Djokovic is the man to beat at Australian Open

Kyle Edmund and Roger Federer

Here are five women to watch when the Australian Open begins in Melbourne on Monday.

"But being number one is something you should embrace and be proud of".

In her Time interview, the rising star doesn't seem to be dwelling on last year's adversities as she prepares for what will most likely be the biggest challenge of her career.

"There's no doubt that was a negative but there's no doubt that also a year ago when you look at the bigger picture, the fact that she came back from having a child she was really nowhere near 100 percent and she still made the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open was incredible".

On the women's side, all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she aims for Grand Slam number 24.

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It was her 23rd Grand Slam championship.

Defending champion and third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who claimed her first major title past year by beating Halep in the final of the Australian Open, will start the defense of her title against Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

Fourth seed and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka starts her bid to claim back-to-back Grand Slam titles against Polish outsider Magda Linette.

The 31-year-old went into a bewildering slump in mid-2016 that only ended when he won Wimbledon last year, before he went on to claim his third US Open crown and move to 14 grand slam titles, three behind Rafa Nadal.

She has looked sharp at the Hopman Cup and maintained her 100% singles record even though Germany lost to Federer's Switzerland in the final.

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She warmed up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International last week, where she blamed a poor attitude for losing to Lesia Tsurenko.

Williams is also playing in her first Australian Open since winning it in 2017.

"I feel like if there's one thing I should be able to do it's draw a tennis ball", the Olympic gold medalist, 37, explained.

Djokovic is hoping to become the 8th man in history to win at least 7 titles at any Grand Slam event, while Federer, who has won 8 Wimbledon titles, has the chance to become the first man in history to win at least 7 titles at 2 different Grand Slam events. My mother was anxious and said if she was in my place she would stop and just enjoy life. That's her swagger, I see that.

Murray, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, spent most of past year recuperating from hip surgery and looked rusty last week in Brisbane, but declared himself pain free.

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